Republican political operative Ron Bonjean is advising President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent want independent Russia probe Trump’s first 100 days anything but presidential Going green — why environmental protection is both a business and legislative concern MORE’s transition team and helping to ease the confirmation of Trump’s Cabinet appointees.
Bonjean runs a bipartisan Washington PR and consulting firm called Rokk Solutions and has a long career in GOP politics.
He is serving as a crisis management and strategic communications adviser focusing his efforts on defusing opposition from Democrats toward Trump’s picks, according to Politico, which first reported the news on Friday morning.
"Ron is a long time friend and colleague but more importantly an amazing and effective communicator and strategist," Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary, told The Hill in an email.
"He has agreed to generously volunteer his time to work with the outstanding communications team we have at the transition to ensure this all star group of nominees is confirmed as soon as possible so we can bring real change to Washington and Make America Great Again," Spicer said.
Bonjean worked as a consultant to the National Republican Senatorial Committee as the organization successfully helped Republicans take back control of the upper chamber in 2014.
On Capitol Hill, Bonjean served as chief of staff to the Senate Republican Conference under then-Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in 2007.
Before that, he had been a spokesman for House and Senate leadership — former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) — and led the public affairs office at the Commerce Department.
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